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Last Updated: Monday, 9 July 2007, 15:48 GMT 16:48 UK
Melly memorial plans for Brecon
George Melly
George Melly last appeared at the festival in 2006
A memorial to veteran singer George Melly is being planned in Brecon by the organisers of the town's jazz festival.

They are also in talks about holding a concert at next month's festival in memory of the performer, who died at the age of 80 last week.

Event director Jim Smith said proposals were for a plaque or a statue of Melly, one of Brecon jazz's founding patrons, but plans were still under discussion.

Melly opened the first festival in 1983. He also owned a home near Brecon.

Mr Smith said there would be an announcement about a planned concert before the start of the four-day festival, which starts on 9 August.

Last week Mr Smith described Melly as "a great friend" of the event.


"We're looking at a memorial concert and something more permanent, such as a statue or at the very least a plaque," Mr Smith said.

"Obviously, we'd have to look into how we would go about this, and we'd have to speak to the local authority about a suitable position for a statue or a plaque in the town."

Away from show business and writing, Melly's main recreation was fly-fishing and he owned a mile-long stretch of the River Usk beside his holiday home at Scethrog, near Brecon.

He had been diagnosed with lung cancer and vascular dementia, a condition which affects the brain after small strokes.

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